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Thursday
Feb092012

UC Davis Annual Behavior Med Symposium

Today, I headed up to UC Davis to hang out with Registered Vet Techs and Vets.  It was a nice change of pace from the usual behavior seminar loaded with dog trainers.  I was interested in going for a couple of reasons.  First, a Vet behaviorist was speaking about separation anxiety.  Since almost 100% of my cases are separation anxiety, I thought it would be a good opportunity to hear what a vet behaviorist would recommend to a client.  Second, I have recently came across some appalling recommendation to some of my clients from their regular vets regarding their dog's separation anxiety.  I checked on the AVMA site and their recommendations are certainly not in line with the kind of training that the AVMA supports.  Also I am really interested in training animals other than dogs.  I am currently volunteering my training services to work with some behavior cats at the SF SPCA.  Dr. Berger, who is an amazing Vet Behaviorist at SF SPCA, was speaking on cat behavior.  She had amazing footage of some of the cats we are working with there.  Lastly, the trip to UC Davis was worth it just to hear that the vet community is not of board with Cesar Milan's training tactics or the training techniques of others that are not supported by Science.

 

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